Gardening for butterflies

K-State horticulture instructor shares tips to attract butterflies to the garden   By Maddy Rohr, K-State Research and Extension news service    MANHATTAN, Kan. — Attracting butterflies to the garden through plant selection has grown in popularity, said Kansas State University horticulture instructor Cynthia Domenghini. Knowing what species of plants butterflies prefer can help gardeners […]

OSU researchers help sustain long-time gigging tradition

By Alisa Boswell-Gore STILLWATER, Okla. – Thanks to Oklahoma State University researchers, a long-standing annual Oklahoma tradition will live on this weekend. On Friday, northeast Oklahoma residents will head to Lake Eucha for the Green County Giggers Association’s annual fish gigging tournament. Instead of catching fish with a hook and fishing line, fish gigging involves fishermen catching […]

When a Kansas County Wants People to Plant Milkweed but a City Makes Them Rip it Out

KCUR | By Celia Llopis-Jepsen Published April 11, 2023 at 4:00 AM CDT Across the Midwest, some city codes threaten people with fines for having milkweed on their property. But experts say many places have dropped those rules to support monarchs with urban and suburban butterfly gardens. Oliver Hernandez’s front yard hums with plenty of bugs for […]

Lions in Kansas? It’s possible, but rare, says K-State wildlife expert

By Pat Melgares, K-State Research and Extension news service MANHATTAN, Kan. – In Kansas, the chances of seeing a lion in the wild have greatly increased over the past decade and a half, according to Kansas State University wildlife specialist Drew Ricketts. In fact, in 2020 there were 15 confirmed sightings of a mountain lion […]

Kansas, Missouri groups unite to offer replacements for invasive tree

Callery pear buy-back program planned for Kansas City, Topeka K-State Research and Extension news service MANHATTAN, Kan. – For a brief period, the Callery pear tree puts on a show of deception in urban and rural landscapes. Typically in early April, the tree flaunts a bastion of white flowers that can be quite stunning. But […]

Kansas Forest Service to lead fire mitigation project near Scott City

K-State Research and Extension news service MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas Forest Service officials have announced that an annual project that aids in training new wildland firefighters and helps reduce the risk of wildland fires will be held April 3-7 in Scott City. The Hazard Fuels Mitigation project will take place at the Scott Wildlife Area […]

Some Planning and Development Fees Set to Increase in Riley County

(Riley County, KS – March 20, 2023) Starting this month, some fees associated with environmental health permits, land use permits, and licensing processes will increase to help offset county costs. However, Riley County will continue to cover the bulk of the costs for all Planning & Development and Environmental Health Services. “The applicant will still […]

Southern region land-grant researchers look for solutions to feral hog problem

By Alisa Boswell-Gore STILLWATER, Okla. – Researchers at land-grant institutions in the southern region of the United States are working hard to stop more than $1 billion in economic damages each year. Around 9 million feral hogs have been reported in 35 states. Feral hogs were almost unheard of in Oklahoma 40 years ago but […]

Two Wildfires Threaten Riley County During High Winds

(Riley County, KS – March 16, 2023) Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to two fires during dangerous conditions Wednesday, March 15. The first call was dispatched at 12:18 p.m. for reports of heavy black smoke in the Baldwin Park Rd. area in northern Riley County. Upon arrival, crews found a rekindled brush pile […]